IMAGES AND SPHERES
CD: Eternal Soul CD04 
Ltd x 500
Through the mirror
You cannot see the dragons eyes
The funeral of the wizard
Isle of the dead
There is no light without you
is a German artist living in Wuppertal…nice ornamental fountains
and pastry shops…and he is described as composing music that fits
neatly into the words ‘dark’ and ‘ambient’…although
I personally prefer the words ‘black’ and ‘atmospheres’.
Picky I know but regular visitors should be used to my foibles by now.
They’ll also know that I’ve reviewed countless such recordings
since my tenure at AP and occasionally (read as continually) repeat the
same phrases over and over again in trying to describe the music succinctly.
The only differences being at the end of the pieces where it’s either
slated or proclaimed as a work of great genius. Here’s something
new then. An unknown approach which may or may not work and tried out
for the first…and probably…last time. It goes something like
The mathematical equation for the Phelios release ‘Images and Spheres’
is as follows: Bog standard cd case + concise clear paper insert ÷
( 7 tracks x 60 odd minutes playing time) + sonic journeys through time
/ space / earth ÷ mournful desolate pieces of music x cold clammy
electronics + ‘what the fuck is that factor’ = 10∑...as
in one hell of a powerful recording that any ambient connoisseur worth
his / her salt needs in their collection.
Now wasn’t that different? Far better than the boring old ‘taking
you on a journey into the darkest recesses of the mind where the music
plays deceptive tricks inducing a multitude of emotions’ or ‘the
music instigates feelings of deep melancholy and regret with added fearsome
effects’ or my favourite old chestnut ‘the haunting refrains
remain embedded in the skull long after the music has finished’.
All are equally applicable to "‘Images and Spheres" but
doesn’t that equation above sum it up better? No! Fuck…back
to the drawing board once more. Suppose I’d better use the last
paragraph…predictably…to sum the recording up.
This release by Phelios (and I’m not sure if "Images and Spheres"
is his debut - but if it is then ‘Wow’… now that’s
what I call a debut) will be thought of, by those who actually manage
to hear it, as one that will easily stand the test of time. A recording
that is aurally stunning and mesmerizing that invokes so much that it’s
almost a criminal act to stop it playing. No shit Sherlock. Even Brian
Lustmord would look down in envy at "Images and Spheres"’.
Hyperbole? No way. Why the fuck should I lie to you? Trust your instincts…and
more importantly…my words and let the world of Phelios come into
your life. It will be one of the best decision you’ve ever made.
/ [Eternal Soul]
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